For the Love of a Masked Hero! (Oh…and Chili’s and Zorro, too!)

Keturah H. e-mailed me the other day and asked me a couple of questions concerning my inspiration for Divine Deception, and I got to thinking…just what is it about masked heroes that we all love so much?  I mean, it’s the mystery and the dual identity thing, of course.  Don’t you think?  The wondering of who exactly might be hottie with the mad sword skills behind the mask?

In truth, I’m sure there are tons of psychological reasons that we girls like the Zorro/Highwayman of Tanglewood types…way, way too many to enumerate…we just love them!  I’ve loved Zorro since I was little, little, little…Guy Williams Zorro to be exact!  Guy Williams was sooooooooooo dreamy, cool and heroic…the perfect Zorro to me!  Dazzling white teeth, great hair!  Forget about Lost in Space Guy Williams and just focus on 1950s Zorro Guy Williams!  Not that he wasn’t great in Lost in Space mind you (is anybody else old enough to remember Lost in Space?)…I just preferred him as Zorro! (Heavy sigh)

Other Zorro-isms that draw me in…the Spanish accent!  (Thought let’s give Guy Williams a break on that one okay?)  A great accent on a masked man fits like a glove!  It’s always a plus…even with The Highwayman of Tanglewood.

AND, have you ever noticed that masked heroes are always good with not only a sword, but a horse?  They’re always great riders!  And they steal kisses…and who doesn’t love that?  You know, getting stopped in a meadow by a rider dressed head to toe in black and having him steal a kiss?  It’s great stuff!  So what’s not to favor!

In thinking about it all, I even decided that maybe I’ll bump up the writing of another ‘masked man’ story I’ve had popping around in my brain for years just because that theme is so delicious!  Seriously this story has been rattling around in my head for literally a decade, so maybe it’s time to take it to the mat.  What do you think?  There can never too many masked heroes.

As for Keturah’s questions concerning Divine Deception…I decided to take a little time and think them over so I can answer them more thoroughly than my blogging time would allow.  So look for that coming up on the Q&A section of my site in a few days.  AND I’m so glad she asked about Divine Deception!  There IS an interesting story behind it all and I like sharing it!  Meanwhile, do me a favor and mull over that whole ‘masked man’ thing and let me know YOUR thoughts on the matter!

Now on to this week’s contest stuff. Carolyn Hansen…I just pulled your name out of my hat as the winner of the Chili’s gift certificate!  Chips and Salsa here you come!  Please e-mail your address to me at so I can get your gift certificate in the mail to you, okay?

As for this weeks Random Contest…Zorro!  Zorro!  Zorro!  Yes…those are the very words chanted by the patrons of Chihuahua’s Family Restaurant in Ferndale, Washington the night my own true hero, Kevin, dashed through the restaurant dressed as Zorro to wish me a happy birthday (AND inspire The Highwayman of Tanglewood!)!  And so, in honor of Kevin, Donavon Brandon, The Highwayman of Tanglewood and any other masked heroes I may write about in the future…welcome to two of my very favorite Zorro’s!

As I previously confessed, I absolutely LOVED Guy Williams as Zorro in Disney’s 1950’s TV series Zorro when I was a child and a teenager!  LOVED him as Zorro and still do!  He still reigns as my favorite Zorro (with the exception of Kevin, of course)!  However, I absolutely LOVED the movie The Mask of Zorro as well!  In fact, I cannot believe that movie is 14 years old!  Crazy!  But I love it as much today as I ever did! (Ooo!  And I admit that I loved the smooching in it as well!  Too impassioned?  I say unto thee, Nay!)

Thus, since we’re talking about masked heroes today, how about some Zorro DVDs up for grabs as this week’s contest, eh?  The Disney Season 1 Volume 4 of Zorro on DVD are getting a little hard to get a hold of these days, but I managed to snatch up Volume 4 of Season 1 starring Guy Williams!  I also grabbed a copy of The Mask of Zorro on DVD while I was at it!  SO…just leave a comment telling me your own feelings of Zorro and/or masked heroes and your name will be dropped in my hat!

Let’s add some bonus motivation to enter, shall we?  Youtubers of the opening credits for Disney’s Zorro AND part of the dance scene from The Mask of Zorro!  LOVE it!

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34 Responses to For the Love of a Masked Hero! (Oh…and Chili’s and Zorro, too!)

  1. Dawn Sherman says:

    Divine Deception was one of the first of your books that I read and fell in LOVE with! Well…I LOVE every one of your books… The man behind the mask is so mysterious and yummy!

  2. Lisa Hanson says:

    Ahhhhh…..Zorro makes my heart go pitter patter! I’ll have my fingers crossed on this one!

  3. Shawnette Ramos says:

    I grew up watching zorro on the family channel. My family and I still love it today!!!! I’ve always loved the story of zorro!!!!

  4. Emily M says:

    Love the masked heros! Keep them coming!

  5. Brooke says:

    I LOVE Zorro and all the masked heroes! Highway of Tanglewood is one of my very favorites!

  6. aimee evans says:

    Antonio Banderas has always been my daydream Latin lover number 1!

  7. Teya Peck says:

    ZORRO! ZORRO! ZORRO! Deffinately the mistery. The unknown captivation of it. Loved divine deception, the innocent humility of a truely good man. I’d love to see another masked man book! You go girl, love that creativity you have.

  8. Chris Bails says:

    This version of Zorro was great. Love Antonio as Zorro. Catherine was great and Anthony Hopkins was fantastic. All around great cast and movie. Plus Antonio has a great accent and is just plain sexy. Thanks for the chance to win.

  9. Cheryl says:

    Oh, my goodness I love Zorro! My first introduction to Zorro was the 1975 one with Alain Delon. And of course, I fell in love with Antonio Banderas’ Zorro when I was 16. I watched The Mask of Zorro for the first time while I was recuperating from having my appendix taken out over New Years. What a way to convalesce!!

    However, the masked hero that I love most of all is the one who started them all: Percy Blakeney, the Scarlet Pimpernel!! Percy is my all-time masked hero crush. There’s just something about a great-looking guy in a mask, standing up for those in need and upholding principles and values that others have let slide, that just makes my heart skip a beat.

    I can’t wait to see what new masked heros you are able to make me fall in love with!! 🙂

  10. Kristy says:

    If that story’s has been rattling around in your brain for ten years, I’d say it’s high time you let it out….for everyone to enjoy!!! Masked heros are always, always a good thing!!!

  11. Christina says:

    Marcia… Have you ever watched Zorro – The Gay Blade with George Hamilton? It’s hysterical! So silly and fun and even a little romantic. I used to watch it as a kid, but I recently found it on dvd and had to get it and share it with my family.

  12. Karoun says:

    Well, if you’re talking about masked hero’s, then you definitely have to include one that is right up there with our beloved Zorro: The Dread Pirate Roberts, aka Wesley. Remember the scene where Wesley is fighting Fezzik, who asks him, “Why are you wearing a mask? Were you burned by acid, or something?” To which Wesley replies, “Oh no! It’s just that they’re terribly comfortable. I think everyone will be wearing them in the future.”

    What more can I say, except to quote (I’m big on quotes!) Elena, who when answering her father’s question of whether or not she recognized the man she fought with, says, “No, but he was young and vigorous!…He was very vigorous, Father.”

  13. Sandy says:

    The Highwayman of Tanglewood is my MOST FAVORITE of all your fabulous books. I LOVE A MAN IN A MASK. I’m thrilled to hear you’re thinking of writing another masked-hero tale!

    Ah, Zorro. My mom has a thing for Tyrone Power, and I remember watching his version with her when I was little. That my first exposure to a dashing masked man with a sword and a horse, and I’ve loved, loved, loved those stories ever since.

    Your story of Kevin surprising you on your birthday is classic!

  14. Marie V. says:

    I love a masked hero! It’s definetely the mystery of the unknown that’s intriguing! Not to mention it gives the hero a reason to act like a rogue! And I think another masked hero book would be awesome!!!! I hope you do decide to write it and soon!!! 🙂

  15. I’ve always loved highwayman. When I was little I stumbled upon the poem “the highwayman” by Alfred Noyes and just loved the imagery created by it. A masked figure risking it all to see his love and promising to return to her by the light of the moon even if Hell should bar the way. How frigin romantic. I always wanted a guy like that. Then you wrote the highwayman of tanglewood and it became my all time favorite. I always held a desire to have a guy do the scene from old fashioned romance but never told anyone. Then at my bridal shower last summer my sister and soon to be sister-in-law conveniced my fiancee to dress up as my own personal highwayman and sweep me away from the party. Well needless to say he/they went all out. The whole nine yards. Costume and all. He quoted my favorite lines from the book. It made me love highwaymen even more but I got blessed with my own personal highwayman that I get to come home to every night.

  16. K. Lou says:

    ooohhhh!! Antonio. can’t go wrong with him and his accent behind a mask. yummy! They cast Catherine Zeta-Jones as a perfect compliment to him. Highwayman of Tanglewood was one of the first novels i read and still get goosebumps when I read the meadow scene. might have to go read that again (for the umpteenth time). 🙂 love it!! please DO bring on the masked men in novel form. we will eat it up!

  17. Darla Darling says:

    There is a riddle that goes….. “Don’t go home. The man in the mask is waiting for you.” Who is the man in the mask? The answer never made any since to me. “The catcher” OKOK so I know it’s a baseball thing. But the man in the mask has always been a romantic hero. And a catcher’s mask is NOT romantic. to pick my favorite “man in the mask it would have to be hmmmmmmmmmmmm too many to choose from they are all delicious

  18. Britney Stapley says:

    I love Zorro! All the mystery of the man behind the mask! I can’t wait for the new Zorro movie to come out supposedly in 2014! This one is supposed to be about how Diego de la Vega (aka who Anthony Hopkins plays in The Mask of Zorro) becomes Zorro in the first place!

  19. Carol L says:

    I forgot all about Guy Williams. I loved him when I was younger.Thanks fro reminding me. 🙂 But with Antonio I seem to forget every other masked man. His accent alone and his face just make me want to volunteer to be kidnapped lol I too love reading stores about those sexy highwaymen. Thanks for the opportunity. Congrats to Carolyn.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  20. Lena Mattice says:

    I love the masked hero’s!! I really loved the story behind Old Fashioned Romance. Reese was a brave hero!! Don’t you think?

  21. Brianna says:

    I liked divine deception, but I think my ABSOLUTE favorite is To Echo The Past

  22. Jennifer H says:

    Oooo the intrigue of a new masked hero… Absolutely! 10 years is a long time to be rattling around waiting to be let out, but I’d bet that the wait has made the story 10 years of ideas better and I would love to read it! Go for it! ;^)

    The Mask of Zorro is one movie I loved so much that I watched it almost every day for a while!
    A month after I met this amazing guy, we went to a costume dance for Halloween as Zorro and Elena… a man in a mask is a dangerously irresistible thing!
    (And now we’ve been married for over 10 years ;^)

  23. Brynette McKinney says:

    I remember as a pre-teen going to sleep on the couch so I could wake up in the middle of the night and watch the old Zorro reruns. I loved it! Oooh, pick me! I think another masked man story would be divine.

  24. Lindsey Olmstead says:

    For as long as I remember I have always loved Zorro. I remember being a little girl and every night hearing the opening credits of The Mask of Zorro. That sound always meant my Grandpa was home. Then us little kids, to my mothers dismay, would rush out to greet him and watch as much of Zorro as we possibly could before our mother rounded us up to put us back in bed. Granted it probably wasn’t every night that my grandpa watched it but it is definitely a good memory. Zorro will forever make me think of my grandpa.

  25. Kathy G says:

    As you can tell by my email and website, I am a Zorro fan as well. Disney Zorro is the best – Guy Williams was my introduction to the Zorro character, and there is NO ONE that can hold a candle to his rendition of Zorro. I am old enough to have watched the show originally back in the late 1950s, to have again seen the show in syndication in the mid 1960s, and for many a year on the Disney Channel mid 1980s to around 2002. Been missing my “fix” of the show,and so glad that Disney has put it out in DVD format.

    Found your blog due to a Google daily search I am subscribed to; will have to check out your stories of masked men as well.

  26. CateS says:

    You take me back to some of the greatest television watching memories!! Zorro!! I almost passed on the Mask of Zorro when it came out — I’m so glad I didn’t!!

  27. Mary Shakespear says:

    Highwayman of Tanglewood absolute favorite!

  28. Anna says:

    Ahhhh! Love love love Zorro! So handsome and daring! Highwayman of Tanglewood also one of my very favorite one of your books!

  29. Jennifer says:

    I love love love the Highwayman of Tanglewood! One of my favorites of your books. It’s one I can read over and over. I have always loved masked men stories!

  30. Angeline Jarvis says:

    Love me some Zorro!

  31. Kareena H. says:

    I LOVE the movie the Mask of Zorro!! The dance scene was great, but my personal favorite was the sword fighting scene. Mmmmm and the kiss, love it!! 😀

  32. Miranda says:

    I love the masked men! They always are a favorite of mine when they pop up in your stories. Divine Deception and the Highwayman of Tanglewood are definitley in my favorite books. . . but then so are all of yours! Maybe it’s just the mystery of it all, but a man in a mask is just so much more exciting!

  33. J. Michelle says:

    As stated by other comments. Zorro is awesome! I grew up watching black and white re-runs of Zorro and Batman. Zorro was my preference as he had much more of that romanticism. Often the masked heroes are considered “bad” guys by the local law enforcement but are secretly good guys. What girl doesn’t love a “bad” guy appearance on the outside with a warm, loving “good” guy on the inside?

  34. Kachina says:

    Okay Marcia! I am so horrible, I have had on my list of things to do “Catch up w/ MLM posts from January.” LOL. I know I’m crazy first of all for not getting to cross that particular item off until now, and for being so enthrawled by all your writing (which includes your blogs, which reassure me that I am not the only random gal out there). Well, naturally, after reading that you have been contemplating writing another masked hero novel I had to share my approval although it is belated. I’m getting giddy thinking of all the little treasures you are preparing to bestow us this year 🙂

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